Saturday, October 10, 2009

Human Food for Pets

Dr. Karen Becker's video is "Spot" on with my way of thinking.

I have been feeding my dog, Lucy, a 100% whole food, human diet for a number of years now. She is thriving on it. No more yeasty/gooey ears, hair loss, red spots on her belly or diarrhea. Instead she is a shiny-coated, energetic fur ball of fun!

Her diet consists of organic protein and produce. She eats the pulp when I juice wheat grass and other greens, cabbage, carrots, yellow and red SWEET apples such as Delicious, Fuji or Gala.

For a snack, Lucy will gobble up a sliced apple or banana (with a bit of peanut butter or coconut or coconut milk). She has a bottomless tummy for blueberries too!

Lucy's favorite veggies are green beans and sugar snap peas. I give her a handful of them in their whole form to whet her appetite, which ALWAYS seems to be in "more food please" mode, and puree the rest for better absorption and easier digestion. "Yummy!", she says.

I NEVER feed Lucy any of the following foods due to the potential of poisoning, even to the point of killing her: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, leeks, chives, garlic, citrus, tomatoes, macadamia nuts, avocados, rising bread dough, corn cobs, chewing gum, products containing xylitol, processed foods.

I do not feed her grains either--oats, wheat, bread, pasta, etc. They convert to sugar which spikes insulin production producing gas, diabetes and an overweight pooch.

Each and every night before bedtime, I brush Lucy's teeth with an electric toothbrush topped with a little bit of baking soda. She has beautiful pearly whites and awakes anew in anticipation of her next homemade meal!